By Matt Kroschel

WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – On a windy day, about 30 minutes from downtown Denver, hundreds of big cats, bears and other carnivores hunker down in their sprawling 789 acres at The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

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For 38 years, the nonprofit has provided homes for mistreated animals from across the world. But at this point, they are out of space to house any more animals.

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The sanctuary just closed a deal on new land near Springfield, Colorado.

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The 9,004 acres of forested land offers hills, buttes, bluffs, valleys and grasslands for current and future rescues.

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This facility is not currently open to the public as its remoteness make it nearly impossible for public access.

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The need for more land became apparent in 2017 when the site near Keenesburg became landlocked and was unable to continue expanding.

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Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.